Bri­tain: Stab­bing that killed 3 was ter­ror­ism

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

READ­ING, Eng­land — A stab­bing ram­page that killed three peo­ple as they sat in a park on a sum­mer evening is be­ing con­sid­ered a ter­ror­ist at­tack, po­lice said Sun­day.

A 25-year-old man who is be­lieved to be the lone at­tacker was in cus­tody, but of­fi­cials said the mo­tive for the vi­o­lence was un­clear.

Three peo­ple were killed and three others se­ri­ously wounded in the stab­bing at­tack that came out of the blue Satur­day in For­bury Gar­dens park in Read­ing, a town of 200,000 peo­ple 40 miles west of Lon­don.

Po­lice said “in­cred­i­bly brave” un­armed of­fi­cers de­tained a lo­cal man at the scene. Bri­tain’s na­tional news agency, Press As­so­ci­a­tion, and other me­dia out­lets named him as Khairi Saadal­lah, a Libyan asy­lum-seeker liv­ing in Read­ing.

The BBC re­ported that Saadal­lah was in­ves­ti­gated by se­cu­rity ser­vices last year over con­cerns he planned to travel abroad to join a ji­hadi group, but that he was not found to be a ma­jor threat.

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